Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2021 kills. (I will be posting in installments.)
Arjun, Jul 28, San Luis Rey T
“Went down along outside rail, down for five minutes. When [he] stood up, non weight-bearing: complete, displaced fracture; ruptured muscles; severe hemorrhage.” Also: “metacarpal disease.” Arjun was just three years old and had yet to be raced.
Bruce, Aug 2, Los Alamitos S
“Bruce was heard to take 4 or 5 deep gasps and then fell over in the stall and died – hypovolemic shock due to aortic rupture.” Bruce was being used as a “pony horse”; because he was not an active racer, the industry dismisses deaths like his. But let’s be clear: Bruce’s servitude was no different than his racing brethren’s. Exploitation is exploitation. Bruce, by the way, was only 16 – an equine’s prime of life. “Aortic rupture.”
Seven Summers, Sep 30, Santa Anita T
“Catastrophic left tibial fracture with severe hemorrhage and tearing of musculature and skin adjacent to the fracture. Evidence of chronic remodeling in response to cumulative (micro) damage…with resultant stress fracture formation.” And: “multifocal gastric ulceration.” Seven Summers was just two years old; she had yet to be raced.
Mary’s Great Hope, Nov 21, Golden Gate T
“Catastrophic pelvic fracture. Both iliac wings were…completely separated from the pelvis.” Mary’s Great Hope was two years old and being prepped for her debut.